Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #5463: chairo (pronounced khah'-ee-ro)

a primary verb; to be "cheer"ful, i.e. calmly happy or well-off; impersonally, especially as salutation (on meeting or parting), be well:--farewell, be glad, God speed, greeting, hall, joy(- fully), rejoice.

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:



1) to rejoice, be glad

2) to rejoice exceedingly

3) to be well, thrive

4) in salutations, hail!

5) at the beginning of letters: to give one greeting, salute

Part of Speech: verb

Relation: a primary verb

Citing in TDNT: 9:359, 1298


This word is used 74 times:

Matthew 2:10: "they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy."
Matthew 5:12: " Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in"
Matthew 18:13: "I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than"
Matthew 26:49: "he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him."
Matthew 27:29: "and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!"
Matthew 28:9: "Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came"
Mark 14:11: "And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him"
Mark 15:18: "began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!"
Luke 1:14: "gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth."
Luke 1:28: "unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with"
Luke 6:23: " Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold,"
Luke 10:20: "Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits"
Luke 10:20: "unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written"
Luke 13:17: "all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things"
Luke 15:5: "it on his shoulders, rejoicing."
Luke 15:32: "was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother"
Luke 19:6: "and received him joyfully."
Luke 19:37: "of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice"
Luke 22:5: "And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money."
Luke 23:8: "when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous"
John 3:29: "and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's"
John 4:36: "he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together."
John 8:56: "and he saw it, and was glad."
John 11:15: "And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there,"
John 14:28: "If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go"
John 16:20: "but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but"
John 16:22: "again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy"
John 19:3: "And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands."
John 20:20: "his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the"
Acts 5:41: "the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for"
Acts 8:39: "he went on his way rejoicing."
Acts 11:23: "the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose"
Acts 13:48: "when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word"
Acts 15:23: "and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of"
Acts 15:31: "Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation."
Acts 23:26: "most excellent governor Felix sendeth greeting."
Romans 12:12: " Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;"
Romans 12:15: " Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep."
Romans 12:15: "Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep."
Romans 16:19: "is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but"
1 Corinthians 7:30: "they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and"
1 Corinthians 7:30: "and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though"
1 Corinthians 13:6: " Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;"
1 Corinthians 16:17: " I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus"
2 Corinthians 2:3: "them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all,"
2 Corinthians 6:10: "sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich;"
2 Corinthians 7:7: "toward me; so that I rejoiced the more."
2 Corinthians 7:9: "Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed"
2 Corinthians 7:13: "comfort: yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy"
2 Corinthians 7:16: " I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all"

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